Waterless vs Lesswater
Date posted: 18.09.2020
According to a new study from the National Audit Office, parts of the south and south-east of England will run out of water within the next 20 years if more concerted action is not taken. It estimates the demand for water in England will exceed supply by between 1.1 billion and 3.1 billion litres per day by the 2050s.
It is no surprise then that businesses are being more proactive in looking at ways to become more sustainable, save water and ultimately save money; the solution, stop using water at all.
Simple, but with water being a necessity in everyday life and used in everything from your morning cup of tea to flushing your toilet it raises the question of if we should actually try to be waterless, or just use less water.
Toilets, and in particular men’s urinals use a significant amount of water every day. The average urinal cistern holds around 9 litres of water and can flush up 96 times every 24 hours, meaning a single cistern can use over 850 litres a day!
This often leads to urinals being one of the biggest users of water for many businesses across the UK, and therefore comes a need to look into the various water conservation products that are available. Notably, waterless systems. If you were given the two options of Waterless or Lesswater, the Waterless option seems like a no brainer; but is that actually true?
Even with a waterless system, it’s unlikely that the urinal will remain completely waterless. Often the procedure detailed by the supplier of ‘waterless’ systems is to administer a jug of water down each urinal in the morning and evening. With no water flowing through the urinal smells can often develop on the porcelain itself unless there is regular cleaning during the day. The urinals then become a source of extra work for the cleaning team.
If the pipework configuration does not lend itself to a waterless system them blockages will arise from debris left in the pipework. A common way that cleaners counteract this issue is by using harsh products/chemicals to address the blockage issues; thus exacerbating the problem by destroying any natural bacteria.
In addition, if a urinal product has moving parts or parts that can fall off, this leads to additional problems for the cleaning/FM teams.
The key words need to be - ease and simplicity. This is where the Ureco succeeds over the competition.
At HSG, we manufacture and install our own urinal sleeve system, the Ureco. The Ureco is a product that is designed to cut the water usage in a urinal by 96%, flushing just 4 times a day, with an aim to save the customer as much money and water as possible. The Ureco is capable of doing this due to the bio enzyme located inside the bio-cap. As urine passes through the urinal a small amount of the bio-enzyme is released into the solution, breaking down the uric salts and the limescale. This means that there is little to no build up left in the urinal pipework, therefore less water is needed to flow through the urinal which leads to lower water usage and costs.
The Ureco also has a unique odour-lock system. Due to the heavy footfall in some sites, the urinals can come under a substantial amount of use leading to an unappealing smell. However, the Ureco’s odour-lock system restricts any foul odours from rising out of the urinal pipework, leaving you with the fresh and minty smell that the bio-enzyme in the Ureco emits.
Due to the Ureco’s ability to provide clients with all of these benefits along with healthy water savings, HSG were awarded with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation – the highest level of award available for a UK business. You can read more about the process here.
Along with the Ureco, HSG also provide customers with a product called urinal bowl cleaner. This is a PH neutral product, designed to clean the Ureco and urinal bowl without causing any harm to the living bacteria in the Ureco, allowing it to operate in the best way possible and maximise the performance of the Ureco.
The video below is designed to give you a better understanding of how our award winning Ureco system works:
If you are interested in reducing your water bills whilst also doing your bit in the constant battle to help the environment, get in touch with us here and learn how HSG’s water conservation products can benefit your site.
Simon Rice is managing director of HSG in Derby’s Pride Park – a long-established washroom...Read more
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